A leaked Pentagon document gives Americans more reason to be concerned with the growing tension between Russia and the United States. The document indicates that Russia is creating a “new intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo.” Experts have estimated the alleged nuclear weapon is the most powerful weapon in over half a century.
The nuclear torpedo, which has been codenamed Kanyon by Pentagon officials, would leave a coastline destroyed and uninhabitable for years, according to Fox News. The existence of the nuclear torpedo was first discovered in 2015.
There have been numerous mentions on Russian television of its existence. Plans of a weapon that looked similar to the torpedo in question appeared on Russia TV when a camera crew was following Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Popular Mechanics reported that the torpedo has a range of 6,200 miles and can travel 100 knots. Kanyon was developed to hit countries more than halfway around the world.
The main reason the US government is so concerned about Kanyon is its 100-megaton thermonuclear weapon, which is six times more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima.
Experts around the world are hesitant that the device even exists. Pavel Podvig, who is an expert on Russian nuclear weaponry, told NPR: “My read of the whole Status-6 slide leak is that the Russians were trying to send us a message.”
Director of the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, Adam Mount, thinks the existence of such a device is Russian propaganda. “The concept is a horror of the Cold War,” he said. “It is clearly inspired by overblown Russian worries that U.S. missile defenses will make their missile forces obsolete.”
“There is no indication from public information that Russia is actively developing the system, but it is alarming to see it in a Pentagon document,” Mount said
As if a nuclear warhead explosion wasn’t scary enough, scientists have declared that an explosion of that magnitude would trigger gigantic tsunami waves. Russia has a history of using propaganda to incite fear. Let’s hope this is just more of the same.